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South Florida Arts Scene: A world of music is coming to FIU


Music from many cultures will be celebrated at the second Miami World Music Festival, presented by Florida International University Sept. 19-22.

The festival opens with a concert of jazz music by French composer Claude Bolling featuring Miami flutist Nestor Torres. The second show focuses on Spanish zarzuelas including the 1936 Cuban work Amalia Batista, sung by sopranos Hilda del Castillo and Raquel Rubi, tenors Jose Antonio Navarro and Jesus Brañas and baritone Nelson Martínez.

The ensemble Venus Rising will perform its blend of Caribbean, West African and Middle Eastern dance and percussion Sept. 21. The closing concert will include Venezuelan folk music by singer-songwriter Luz Marina and her group Menage and classical Indian ragas by tabla player Jeff Deen and violinist Vicki Richards.

Festival subscriptions are $100 and $150, individual tickets are $25-$35 ($15 for students) at or 786-581-7746.

Jordan Levin

Big-night beat

Two great beats-in-the-street traditions meet at Big Night in Little Haiti Friday when Estr ela Brilhante, a traditional maracatu group from Recife in northeastern Brazil, performs at the monthly celebration of Haitian music and culture.

On its first U.S. tour, century-old Estrela Brilhante is one of the most famous groups playing maracatu de baque virado, a Brazilian tradition of massive, African-rooted percussion ensembles that parade the streets at carnival time. It will join Rasin Lakay, which plays Haiti’s own raucous, percussion- and horn-driven carnival music.

Produced by the Rhythm Foundation, Big Night in Little Haiti is free and takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 259 NE 59th Ter., Miami. The event also includes children’s art activities and Haitian food and handicrafts for sale.

Jordan Levin

Locust talk

Locust Roundtables, a discussion series on topics in contemporary art, presents Nathaniel Sandler Tuesday in The Internet as Chained Library. The discussion about the Internet, the future of the book and how access and information travels will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami;, 305-576-8570.

Galena Mosovich

‘Chicago’ returning

The musical Chicago, winner of six Tony Awards, will return to Fort Lauderdale in October starring John O’Hurley ( Seinfeld, Family Feud) as the slick lawyer Billy Flynn, a role he also played on Broadway.

Chicago, the story of Roxie Hart and her murder trial, was first performed in 1926. Its revival, with almost 7,000 performances, is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway.

It will be at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 9-20; 954-462-0222,

Marjie Lambert

New director

Brett Karlin, a former assistant director and administrator for Seraphic Fire, has been named honor-choir director for Miami Choral Academy, the professional choir’s afterschool program for disadvantaged Miami-Dade schoolchildren. Karlin, who recently earned a master’s degree in conducting at the University of South Florida, is also the new artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida.

Honor roll

• The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, which last year granted more than $12.4 million to more than 500 nonprofit arts groups, will be honored as Outstanding Grant Maker of 2013 on National Philanthropy Day Nov. 12, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Miami announced.

•  HistoryMiami’s exhibition The Guayabera: A Shirt’s Story received an Award of Merit and a History in Progress Award from the American Association for State and Local History.

Briefly noted

• The Kravis on Broadway season will kick off Nov. 29-Dec. 8 with the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The season at the West Palm Beach performing arts center continues with The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Jan. 7-12), War Horse (Feb. 12-16), Sister Act (March 4-9), Evita (April 8-13) and Million Dollar Quartet (April 29-May 4); 561-832-7469,

• The Delray Beach Playhouse will hold auditions Aug. 19-20 for its season opener, Neil Simon’s The Last of the Red-Hot Lovers; 561-272-1281, ext. 4,

• The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach will close Sept. 2-16 to prepare for the coming exhibition season.

•  Typoe and Books of Miami-based Primary Projects curated the inaugural installation of The Arts Initiative at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a new, $250-million center.

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